Interesting article on what goes into making the perfect instructor. While this was done at the college level, I think it says a lot for us teaching secondary.
The information was gleaned from 400+ submissions for Tutor of the Year. Rankings were given to qualities based on the number of times they showed up.
|Going above and beyond||7.4%|
|Care for students||5.1%|
|Self-awareness of learning||4.8%|
|Assessment and feedback||4.2%|
So the first two are not so surprising. And I’m a bit surprised that “edutaining” didn’t rank higher. That assessment and feedback ranked at less than 5% is eye-opening. I am fully aware of the fact that I’m an old student, but I love feedback and I take it to heart. I make changes based on feedback, and I am not a happy student when I get an assignment back AFTER I’ve had to turn in the next one, especially when there is feedback and I needed to change something on that assignment. I do wonder if it relates in part to the subject of a conversation I had recently with my friend Sunnie. She said that her online students don’t make changes based on her feedback. I don’t think they know how. I try to teach students how to use comments to improve, how to self-assess. I give them opportunities to do that AND reflect on their work and yet when I specifically say, “Go back over that, double check your work, see how you really did” 4/5 students will just make sure they transferred their answers correctly – NOT that the work was correct. I’m sitting here wondering now if this is an art losing ground as fast as the dodo.